Water seeping into garage/baement during heavy rain


Old 05-30-15, 08:10 PM
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Water seeping into garage/baement during heavy rain

One of my garage walls (part of basement) is about 5 feet below ground level. The wall is concrete block and, during heavy rain, water seeps in at the floor level. About a year ago my son and I excavated the outside of the wall and sealed the entire part of the outside wall that's below ground. We also checked and repaired the French drain. The leak stopped for a year and now it's started back again during real heavy rain. Light rain is no problem. The water comes in at the bottom of the wall at floor level in just one spot. What do I do next?
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Old 05-30-15, 10:32 PM
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There has to be a reason, or several, to explain why the French drain worked for a year and then stopped working. Without knowing more details, my best guess is the perforated pipe of your French drain system is clogged with fines. They will do that if not wrapped with a fine-weave fabric before backfilling with rock. Water will seek other points of least resistance (your basement and garage) than a plugged pipe, to rear its ugly head.

Time to get out the shovels for doing some detective work.

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